Remember how we started this week out rounding up all sorts of rolls? Spring rolls, rollups, and cucumber rolls, oh my! What better way to finish off the week with a sweet take on a classic roll? That’s right. Those adorable little sushi-looking things you see in the photo above are actually mini cupcakes! Topped with frosting, shredded coconut, and cleverly selected and sliced gummy candies.
- fluffy white cake mix
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup greek yogurt
- black fondant (available on Amazon)
- 1 tube or can white frosting
- shredded coconut
- assorted gummy candies (sour straws, fruit wedges, Swedis Fish, Haribo Fruity Frutti)
- tools: piping tip (optional)
When we initially set out to tackle this bit of sweetness, we had big ideas about sprinkles, hand-rolled fondant fish, and nonpareils. Then we realized gummy candies are where it’s at! Yes we used fondant in place of seaweed, but everything else is super easy to find and takes just about 40 minutes to complete, including baking time.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. For the cake part of the deal, we used Duncan Hines Fluffy White Cake Mix, a cup of water, and a cup of nonfat Greek yogurt in place of oil and eggs. Not only is this a “skinny” take on cupcakes, but it gives your cake a spongey, Angel food-like texture that is super tasty.
Mix it up.
Pour it into muffin pans with cupcake liners.
Bake for 20 minutes. Use a toothpick to test whether or not cupcakes are cooked all the way through.
Now it’s time to get transform these cupcakes into little pieces of sushi and sashimi!
Roll out your fondant and cut it into a strips that fit around your cupcakes. You’ll probably need about 2 inches off of your fondant block.
Unwrap your cupcake. Wrap with a strip of fondant. Pipe a bit of frosting onto the top – this doesn’t need to be perfect. Top with coconut to give a rice-like effect to the frosting. Time to top with a gummy candy. To make a cupcake that looks like tobiko (fish roe), we used Haribo Fruity Fruitt. So fun!
For a sashimi look, simply unwrap your cupcake, top with frosting and coconut, add a Swedish Fish and wrap with a small strip of fondant.
Lay everything out on a sushi tray, grab some chopsticks, and serve! Yum!
Who knew mini cupcakes could disguise themselves as sushi rolls? If you’ve got questions about the recipe above, let us know in the comments below or over on Twitter. And if you give this a try, send a photo our way via email or Facebook.